Monthly Archives: November 2013

December 2013 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo yesterday. Artpop -Lady Gaga (Interscope/Universal) Avril Lavigne (Epic/Sony) The title implies that the biggest pop star on the planet wants her … Continue reading

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December 2013 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo today. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is the perfect public figure for the social media … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 24, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the bestseller “Genpatsu Whiteout,” whose pseudonymous author has been the object of much speculation since, as he admits in the Tokyo Shimbun interview cited, he is a career bureaucrat. As a sidelight to the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 10, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about how media coverage of people considered outside the mainstream may contribute to their continuing social marginalization. The headline in the JT says “minorities,” which is technically correct in the context of the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 3, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Hankyu Hanshin Hotels scandal involving restaurant menus that misrepresent the food that’s actually served. In the days since I filed the column several more hotels have come out and admitted to goosing their … Continue reading

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